ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC

aka EWB-USA   |   Denver, CO   |  www.ewb-usa.org

Mission

EWB-USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

Ruling year info

2002

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Jackie O'Brien

Main address

1031 33rd Street Suite 210

Denver, CO 80205 USA

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EIN

84-1589324

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Community Program

Engineers Without Borders USA’s (EWB-USA) International Community Program collaborates on more than 370 projects in 40 countries. These projects are driven by 239 chapters across the United States partnering directly with communities to meet their self-identified needs.

Our approach to development is based on more than blueprints and measurements; it’s based on real relationships and long-term partnerships with communities. We do more than build latrines, water systems, and buildings for communities – we equip them to build and maintain these projects themselves.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Extremely poor people

Community Engineering Corps brings underserved communities and volunteer engineers together to advance local infrastructure solutions in the United States and its territories. Our volunteers work closely with the community to build capacity to access infrastructure improvements. More than just roads, bridges, water, and sanitation, quality infrastructure connects our communities to the global economy and provides a better quality of life. Community Engineering Corps is a collaborative impact program of EWB-USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

EWB-USA’s Engineering Service Corps program draws on the expertise of our most seasoned volunteers from across engineering disciplines and industry sectors. We respond to requests for engineering project support from governments, international NGOs, United Nations agencies, local communities and other institutions who lack access to the necessary technical resources to address the engineering challenges facing some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Projects vary greatly in scale and duration, with focus areas of expertise in disaster response, infrastructure, agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Our volunteers work as part of an integral team that performs a variety of services, including engineering studies, owner’s representation, planning, design, project management, training, and monitoring and evaluation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of disaster
Refugees and displaced people

Where we work

Awards

Award of Appreciation 2005

Ministry of Health in Thailand

Honor Award, Land Stewardship Award 2007

American Society of Landscape Architects

Hall of Leaders Award 2009

Southern Methodist University

Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation In Construction Techonology 2010

National Building Museum

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of water projects built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

International Community Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of communities provided clean water

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

International Community Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people with improved water access

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

International Community Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of beneficiaries across all programs and projects.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of active projects.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

EWB-USA's ultimate goal is to equip the communities we serve with the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs.

In the pursuit of this goal, EWB-USA serves two constituencies: the community members who are the owners and beneficiaries of EWB-USA programs and the member volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to realizing our mission.

We believe that all people should have access to clean water, adequate sanitation, sustainable, low-cost energy sources and community structures like schools, clinics and bridges. EWB-USA focuses on partnering with developing communities where access to these basic services is limited or non-existent. Given the immensity of the issues facing the global population, there is no shortage of communities that desire technical assistance. The demand for community programs continues to grow and is only limited by EWB-USA’s infrastructure to ensure such growth is done in a thoughtful, strategic and sustainable manner.

Regarding expected outcomes of participation for EWB-USA's member volunteers: EWB-USA, in conjunction with Colorado University at Boulder, conducted an evaluation funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of our programs on the volunteer participants. In this study, EWB-USA members cited global perspectives, project management, and real-world experience as some of the greatest gaps in traditional engineering education. As also reported in that study, EWB-USA members noted gains in those same areas through involvement in our programs. This study affirmed that opportunities offered by EWB-USA are unique within U.S. academic institutions and are highly valued by universities, students, professional groups, engineering and construction firms, donors and supporters.

Regarding expected outcomes for the communities we partner with: The long-term impact of our work aims for all members of our partner communities to enjoy an improved quality of life through being able to access, use and maintain technologies that are relevant to their identified needs. EWB-USA has successfully designed and implemented hundreds of engineering projects in communities around the world. We see the effects that our work has in the number of communities and people that are impacted by the projects our chapters undertake. EWB-USA estimates that our projects have impacted more than 5 million lives through clean water, improved sanitation, bridges, clinics, schools, or energy access and more.

Future goals: In order to create scale and sustainability, EWB-USA plans to invest in several capacity building projects, including ; elevation of our monitoring and evaluation program; and further member engagement infrastructure. With the buildout of these three infrastructure systems, we will ensure a continuous stream of educated practitioners working in developing communities.

EWB-USA's 9,500+ members are the heart of the organization and the boots on the ground, but their productive work in the field would not be possible without the support and quality assurance and quality control process facilitated daily by our headquarters staff. EWB-USA’s headquarters staff play the following roles in carrying out our project process to ensure chapters’ delivery of sustainable, quality services:

EWB-USA’s Project Managers:

Every EWB-USA project has a Project Manager, one of EWB-USA’s four professional engineers that assist each chapter in ensuring that a safe, well-designed and sustainable project will be implemented with the partnering community.

For every project, Project Managers:
• Provide education and guidance on the stages of each project’s development: assessment, implementation and monitoring
• Review all project designs for technical feasibility, safety, and in-country sustainable materials

EWB-USA also underwrites the following insurances: comprehensive (ISOS), worldwide general liability, professional liability, travel insurance and event insurance.

EWB-USA’s Chapter Relations Managers:

Every EWB-USA project has a Chapter Relations Manager, one of EWB-USA’s three membership associates that support and educate chapters on development, establishment and project process.

For every project, Chapter Relations Managers:
• Ensure the chapter project teams are appropriately trained and up to date on EWB-USA policies, timely submission of project reports, project applications, and travel requirements
• Facilitate Technical Advisory Committee meetings and regional steering committee meetings, where all project designs are reviewed and approved
• Review and approve travel arrangements

EWB-USA’s Financial Team:

The professional accounting staff of EWB-USA ensures that proper governance is maintained over all funds associated with the organization, including our 275+ chapters. In addition to ensuring that audited and governmental reporting is accurate, we provide the following for each chapter’s general account and project accounts:
• Account management, including tracking the income and expenditures for each chapter and each project of that chapter, including the provision of monthly financial reports
• Processing and reporting of donations
• Payments to vendors, as well as cash advances and reimbursements
• Personalized advice and education to each chapter treasurer

Future Resources/Tools that will strengthen our work include the addition of contracted in-country staff and the further development of EWB-USA's personalized education platform.

The key tenets of our mission and vision have been achieved and continue to be achieved on a daily basis. We aim for all members of our partner communities to enjoy an improved quality of life through being able to access, use and maintain technologies that are relevant to their identified needs. EWB-USA has successfully designed and implemented hundreds of engineering projects in communities around the world. We see the effects that our work has in the number of communities and people that are impacted by the projects our chapters undertake.

Likewise, an independent government study affirms that the impact of our programs is particularly evident in our members. In this study, EWB-USA members noted that they had enriched global perspectives, project management skills, and real-world experience as a result of working on EWB-USA programs. We have found that corporations desire access to the EWB-USA student members because they bring a unique perspective to the job when hired.

EWB-USA realizes that in order to create scale and sustainability, we need to invest in several capacity building projects, including Education programming, a Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) framework, and member engagement infrastructures. With the buildout of these three infrastructure systems, we will ensure a continuous stream of educated practitioners working in developing communities.

The Education goal is to nurture and expand the expertise of EWB-USA members in delivering successful and sustainable community-based engineering initiatives through the delivery of an EWB-USA-managed comprehensive education program.

The Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning goal is to establishing a tracking plan, program and supporting system to monitor and record results of projects/programs carried out by EWB-USA chapters. It then will carry out Impact Assessments and lessons learned analysis to better inform the EWB-USA Education and Community Development system.

The Member Engagement goal will involve the development of resources for our members on how to engage as an international volunteer and will provide avenues of engagement whether it is through the 5 year engagement within a developing community, through the donation of expertise in a domestic project, or through the donation of expertise through an international NGO. The Member Engagement will also provide for more opportunities for engagement of Quality Control teams and Chapter mentoring.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Frank Preli

Pratt & Whitney

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jon Hurt

Arup

Christopher Lombardo

Harvard College

Brian Reilly

Bechtel

Nicole Trenchard

SpaceX

Francis Preli

Pratt & Whitney

Randall Over

Retired

Stephanie Kayden

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ron Welch

The Citadel

Eset Alemu

City of Seattle

Elaine Ward

Mitre

Jeff D'Agosta

Retired

Daniel Oerther

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Julio Grazioso

Rotary

William Oakes

Purdue University

Thomas Rebbecchi

Pratt & Whitney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability